Pro Kabaddi League 2017


The Pro Kabaddi League in its fifth edition will kickstart from July 28 and the final is slated to be played on October 28. The auctions, which were held in New Delhi on Monday, saw over 400 players in the pool. Until the previous season, there were eight teams. But the fifth season will see four new teams — Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu — contesting in the race to win the title. The franchises spent over Rs 46.99 crores over 227 players. At Rs 93 lakh, Nitin Tomar became the costliest player in the history of PKL, after team Uttar Pradesh acquired his services. Rohit Kumar (Rs 81 lakh), Manjeet Chhillar (Rs 75.5 lakh), Surjeet Singh (Rs 73 lakh) and Selvamani K (Rs 73 lakh) followed the 35-year old raider in the list. Meanwhile, Suraj Desai was bought by Dabang Delhi for Rs 52.5 lakh, also the highest bid for a Category B player in history. Meanwhile, South Korea's Jang Kun Lee is the most expensive overseas player after Bengal Warriors retained him for Rs 80.3 lakh.
July 25, 2017 8:37 pm

With the fifth season around the corner, Harayana Steelers, who are making their Pro Kabaddi League debut, will miss the services of senior raider Sonu Narwal. Sonu, who hails from Kathura village in Haryana, has been ruled out from the league citing medical issues.

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July 25, 2017 1:59 pm

After four successful seasons, Pro Kabaddi League is back and is scheduled to begin from July 28. With Four new franchises, 12 teams from 11 states will be up against each other to win the coveted title. New captains have been appointed to help the teams win the fifth season.

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July 24, 2017 8:42 pm

With four new teams joining the race to win the Pro Kabaddi League 2017 title, we take a look at how things stand in respective camps. In focus today is Zone B comprising of Telugu Titans, Bengaluru Bulls, Patna Pirates, Bengal Warriors, UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas.

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July 24, 2017 8:53 pm

With four new teams joining the race to win the Pro Kabaddi League 2017 title, we take a look at how things stand in respective camps. In focus today is Zone A comprising of Dabang Delhi, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Puneir Paltan, U Mumba, Haryana Steelers and Gujarat Fortunegiant.

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July 24, 2017 8:22 pm

With four new teams joining the existing eight-franchise league, Pro Kabaddi League is now India's biggest sports league. 12 franchises from 11 states will battle in 138 matches across three months for the title.

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July 24, 2017 8:16 pm

In an exclusive interaction with indianexpress.com, star raider Deepak Niwas Hooda talks about his initial struggle, leaving education early, breaking into the national side and the fame after introduction of Pro Kabaddi League.

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July 16, 2017 2:12 pm

Star raider Rohit Kumar and defender Ravinder Pahal were named as captain and vice-captain respectively of the Bengaluru Bulls for the fifth season of the Pro-Kabaddi League. Bengaluru Bulls announced the line-up for the upcoming season of Pro Kabaddi league starting July 28th.

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July 15, 2017 7:08 pm

Pro Kabaddi League announced that it has increased the prize money from previous edition and season five consolidated prize will be Rs eight crore, six more than the season four prize money.

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July 11, 2017 2:49 pm

The upcoming season 5 of PKL will see a dozen franchise outfits, up from eight in season 4, fighting it out for the honours from July 28 to October 28. The four new teams are Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat Fortunegiants and UP Yoddha.

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July 3, 2017 8:01 pm

Armed with four strong raiders and a new-look outfit, U Mumba are geared up for season 5 of the extended Pro Kabaddi League. Led by ace Anup Kumar, the Mumbai franchise has undergone its pre-season high-altitude training stint in Dehradun under coach E Bhaskaran.

June 29, 2017 12:21 pm

After leading Jaipur Pink Panthers to Pro Kabaddi League title in the inaugural season and final of season 4, coach Balwan Singh in an exclusive interaction with Indianexpress.com talks about their strategy for the upcoming season.

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June 20, 2017 10:16 pm

Season five of PKL is scheduled to get underway on July 28 and the team would be coached by K Baskaran. Amit Hooda (the franchise's costliest pick at Rs 63 lakh) and Ajay Thakur along with C Arun, a Tamil Nadu player, are expected to lead the team's challenge.

July 25, 2017 9:36 pm

Rohit Kumar, who was bought by Bengaluru Bulls for Rs 81 lakh, believes he could have had crossed the Rs 1 crore mark.

May 24, 2017 10:02 pm

Four new teams have been added to this year's Pro Kabaddi League that starts in the month of July.

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May 29, 2017 5:22 pm

Rahul Chaudhari has come a long way and believes whatever he has achieved so far is all because of the sport he lives for.

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May 26, 2017 4:07 pm

Team Uttar Pradesh owner Hemant Dua said that Nitin Tomar's bid eventually created an imbalance in their purse.

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July 13, 2017 1:00 pm

PKL 2017: Full list of the squads of the teams participating in the fifth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League.

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May 23, 2017 9:37 pm

While the rest are yet to make any announcements, JSW has announced that the team will be called Haryana Steelers.

May 24, 2017 12:19 am

Telugu Titans' owner Srinivas Sreeramaneni talks about the team's strategy for the auctions, the look of the squad and season ahead.

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May 23, 2017 8:03 pm

Manjeet Chillar said that regardless of which other nationalities were involved, Pakistan players should have never been in the auction.

May 23, 2017 4:04 pm

The teams have decided their respective squads, highlight of the auction remains Team UP's 93 lakh acquisition Nitin Tomar.

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May 22, 2017 11:31 pm

Nitin Tomar was bought for Rs 93 lakh, the most ever received by a player in Pro Kabaddi League auction.

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June 2, 2017 8:08 pm

PKL 2017 Player Auction Live: We look at the entire list of players sold and for what price in the auction on May 23.

May 22, 2017 6:21 pm

Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that Pakistan players will not be allowed to play in the Pro Kabaddi League.

May 23, 2017 2:45 pm

Nitin Tomar becomes costliest player in the history of Pro Kabaddi League, joins Team UP for whopping Rs 93 lakh.

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May 20, 2017 10:38 pm

Haryana are among the four new city-based franchises added to the Pro Kabaddi League alongside Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.